Photo Courtesy of Jacob Turner
BANNER ELK, N.C. – After playing five of its last six games at home, the Lees-McRae College women's basketball team will begin a three-game road swing this week with tilts at Belmont Abbey on Wednesday and at Erskine on Saturday. Wednesday's game is set for a 5:30 p.m. tip-off time, and Saturday's contest is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m.
Last Time Out – Barton shot 44.6 percent from the field and 50 percent from three-point range Saturday at Williams Gymnasium on its way to a 79-48 win over the Bobcats. The loss moves LMC's record to 6-13 overall and 3-10 in league action.
Key on Karli – Freshman Karli Mason could make some history in her first season in the Green & Gold. Mason has made 54 three-pointers so far during her freshman campaign. If Mason makes just six more threes this season, she will enter the program's top 10 list for the most made three-pointers in a single season.
Historic Company - Juniors Markia Stacey and Mackenzie Blankenship have joined an exclusive club this season as they became just the 10th and 11th players in the history of LMC women's basketball to make 100 or more three-pointers in their respective careers. Stacey currently ranks eighth in career three-pointers with 112, while Blankenship currently sits just outside the top 10 with 102 made threes.
About the Opponents – Belmont Abbey enters this week's action as one of just three teams in the conference that have won 10 or more league games. The Crusaders, who are 14-6 overall and 11-2 in conference play, are a very efficient offensive squad as they currently pace Conference Carolinas in both field goal percentage and three-point field goal percentage.
Erskine, meanwhile, currently sits a half-game in front of the Bobcats in the league standings to start the week. The Flying Fleet are 4-14 overall and 3-9 in conference play after dropping seven straight games entering this week's action.
Series History vs. Opponents – The Bobcats are just 4-20 against Belmont Abbey since 2006. LMC's last win over BAC came on February 17, 2016 when it defeated the Crusaders, 90-70, on their home floor.
The series between Erskine and Lees-McRae has been a competitive one over the years. With its win over the Flying Fleet earlier this month, LMC is now 13-12 against its opponent Saturday. However, the Bobcats are looking to snap a three-game losing skid at Erskine with their last win in Due West, S.C. coming on February 8, 2014, 73-69.